The Black River Falls Figure Skating Club was founded by Janet Sternaman, Jan Goeman, and Sarah (Stutz) Sisbach and has been in existence since 1984. The Black River Falls Figure Skating Club (BRFFSC) is an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote a positive, friendly atmosphere where all members can grow, develop camaraderie, and enhance their skating abilities.
The BRFFSC is an official member of United States Figure Skating (USFS), which is the governing body of amateur figure skating in the U.S. This organization entitles the local skaters to conduct and participate in official USFS instruction, test sessions, competitions, and ice shows.
The BRFFSC functions with an elected 9-member Board of Directors who serve 3-year terms. The Board of Directors is made up of parents who volunteer their time to manage this club to benefit all of our children. The Board of Directors elects the following officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The BRFFSC is incorporated in the State of Wisconsin and is tax-exempt. Income sources for the BRFFSC are membership fees, annual ice show, annual Basic Skills Competition, various fundraisers, and donations throughout the year. Membership registration is held each year in late summer or early fall. Registration closes for each session on the first night of each session.
The skating season typically runs from early to mid-September through late March. The BRFFSC has professional skaters and coaches who provide quality instruction for its members. Skaters advance through the USFS’s Basic Skills program which consists of 8 levels through group instruction. Skaters who have passed at least the 4th level of Basic Skills may join one of our synchronized skating teams.
Once a skater has passed through at least the 6th level, the skater may contact a professional or coach and arrange for lessons on an individual basis. Freestyle and Moves in the Field sessions are available to private lesson skaters by contracting for the sessions.
Many of our members supplement their skating time in Black River Falls with extra skating time in Eau Claire and/or Sparta.
The annual Basic Skills Competition is coordinated by the BRFFSC with the Wisconsin Basic Skills Series and the USFS. It is held for those who would like to compete with other skaters at their current level. The Competition is typically held the third weekend in February and is open to all local skaters as well as skaters throughout the State of Wisconsin and neighboring States who are in the Basic Skills program or have not passed the Pre-Juvenile Freestyle test.
The ice show is produced by the BRFFSC for the benefit of skaters and the community. The annual show is typically held the third weekend in March. Member families are required to help with all fundraisers, as this keeps costs down for everyone.